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I've never seen Jersey Boys, just heard the cast recording. I'm a huge fan of Frankie Valli though, and I was just wondering how this show plays. Is it a musical revue, does it have a story? From everything I've read it sounds almost like Always, Patsy Cline, but I don't know for sure. Anyone have any info on this show?

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It's a biographical play with music -- kind of like a VH1 documentary of the Four Seasons.

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So it's not like the songs fit in with the story (like in Return to Forbidden Planet), but more like a VH1 documentary?

Thanks, I was wondering. :)

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So it's not like the songs fit in with the story (like in Return to Forbidden Planet), but more like a VH1 documentary?

Thanks, I was wondering. :)


Yes. Google for some reviews and many of them will actually make that VH1 "Behind the Music" analogy. (With six productions around the world and one that's closed, they won't be hard to find.)

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Have heard a lot about this show but rarely raves. Is it worth a $100 ticket?

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Have heard a lot about this show but rarely raves. Is it worth a $100 ticket?


I've rarely paid that due to their glorious rush, but yes, it can be.

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Saw the show today and haven't enjoyed a newish show so much since In the Heights and Ave. Q. The restricted view consisted of obstruction from the ankles of the actors and below since the stage deck is a bit high. I don't care much for footwear so it was OK, lol. It was amazing being so close and the music thumped within me as it played. Love that feeling. I saw a fellow named Jye Frasca as Frankie who was listed in the program as Joe Pesci. I guess they either need to update their listing or it was a special arrangement for the matinee since someone else was Malloy's alternate. Frasca was as good as I could imagine anyone would be. Absolutely perfect. The whole cast was wonderful and loved how the same small group of actors play multiple roles convincingly. Definitely seeing it again when I get a chance to in the U.S. Glad I got me a ticket!

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Quique wrote:
Saw the show today and haven't enjoyed a newish show so much since In the Heights and Ave. Q. The restricted view consisted of obstruction from the ankles of the actors and below since the stage deck is a bit high. I don't care much for footwear so it was OK, lol. It was amazing being so close and the music thumped within me as it played. Love that feeling. I saw a fellow named Jye Frasca as Frankie who was listed in the program as Joe Pesci. I guess they either need to update their listing or it was a special arrangement for the matinee since someone else was Malloy's alternate. Frasca was as good as I could imagine anyone would be. Absolutely perfect. The whole cast was wonderful and loved how the same small group of actors play multiple roles convincingly. Definitely seeing it again when I get a chance to in the U.S. Glad I got me a ticket!


I'm glad you enjoyed the show, and more glad you didn't see Ryan Molloy.

Like all the Joeys, Jye Frasca is the understudy Frankie. Scott Monello is the alternate. I'm guessing both Molloy and Monello were out of commission.

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I take it Malloy failed to impress? Hehe. I'm so glad I got to see Frasca then. He was just wonderful. The supporting cast was made up of such distinct actors, I can't imagine anyone else playing the various roles to perfection as they did. I will grab their names later but they impressed me as much as the principals. The show as a whole was thoroughly engaging--something I find rare in shows where I go in knowing close to nothing about. Well, I knew more than half the songs from growing up with a bunch of them but other than that, I knew zip and came out wanting to know more. Great, great show. No wonder it has run for so long. Sort of makes me rethink my position on Jukebox musicals or hybrid musicals as a whole. They can absolutely work without seeming cheap, quickly thrown together, or have paper thin story lines.

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I saw Molloy twice last year and thought he ranged from mediocre to terrible -- stiff acting, grating voice, blank presence. I had hoped to see Scott Monello as Frankie, but he was on during our two-day segue up to Edinburgh. Fortunately, I did like a great deal of the rest of the cast.

Jersey Boys really does not play like a lot of other jukebox musicals. I had a similar reaction to you when I first saw the show. It's fun to be surprised.

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I LOVE this show. Just saw it for the first time last week and am totally in the honeymoon-obsessive-adoration phase :)
It has a wonderful plot, you really come to love and care about the characters, and it hits right at home. The plot is totally clear too, not a hint of revue. I think that, for at least half of the time, the songs fit in with the situation very well. I am going to see it again several times!

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Saw this last year in London. Was expecting something like Buddy, story before the interval, concert afterwards, but it wasn't like that. It's just a storybook musical, plain and simple. Not all the songs are done complete - which disappointed me a bit - and some are in the wrong order chronologically. Still, it was good entertainment.

I did see Ryan Molloy as Frankie. I liked his singing and his acting ... well, the character is a bit stiff and naive, isn't he? Glenn Carter as Tommy had more of a commanding presence though and his vocals were very good.

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